Master of Public Health (MPH)

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This is an exciting time to enter public health, particularly with the BU MPH on your resume.

Hands-on Field Experience

The in-depth practicum ensures that you apply your public health skills through field work at a local, national, or international site like:

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BUSPH is an innovator in public health education: we are ranked among the top 10 public health schools in the country, and our curriculum focuses on the knowledge and skills you will need throughout your career. Taken together, the program components are designed to ensure that you graduate with the necessary skills, abilities and professional confidence to excel in the field. As a student, you’ll gain a strong, integrated, problem-based foundation in the values, history, methods, and functions of public health, as well as a demonstrated competency in your chosen areas of specialization. You will be encouraged to think critically and collaborate to develop effective solutions to real world problems locally, nationally, and globally; particularly those affecting the disadvantaged, underserved, and vulnerable. This is our core mission.

As a graduate of the 48 credit BU MPH, you will bring a well-rounded, evidence-based approach to addressing public health problems. You will be prepared to work in a wide array of settings and understand the interplay of the biological, social, economic, cultural, political, behavioral, and environmental factors that affect the health of populations. You will have the ability to critically analyze public health literature, create innovative solutions to problems in collaboration with others, evaluate program effectiveness, and present your views clearly to a range of audiences, both verbally and in writing.

Upon completion of the MPH degree, you will be able to:

  • Identify the determinants of health and disease;
  • Estimate the burden and patterns of disease in communities in order to prioritize health needs;
  • Use systematic approaches to develop, implement, and evaluate public health policies, programs, or services;
  • Communicate effectively to multiple audiences;
  • Demonstrate the ability to access and use data to identify and solve public health problems;
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively as part of a team;
  • Apply ethical and legal principles to public health practice and policy;
  • Work with and incorporate perspectives of diverse groups and communities; and
  • Demonstrate professional knowledge and skills for effective practice in a selected field of study.

Ultimately, you will be able to fully understand and help solve the most pressing public health challenges of our day as well as anticipating and preparing for challenges of the future making the BU MPH an education for a lifetime.